Teaser Tuesday – 30th October, 2018 #Brainfluffbookblog #TeaserTuesday

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:

Satellite by Nick Lake

p. 168 for some reason, i had always thought that at some point we would go back up to Moon 2. i don’t know why i thought that. i mean, earth was the promised land. we were always told: when u’re strong enough u’ll go down to earth. so that was clearly the end point. the goal & yet somehow… somehow i saw it as a circle. saw myself back up there.
‘a problem, Leo?’ says my mother.
‘no, nothing,’ i say. ‘i just… i guess i always thought i’d go back up, 1 day.’
she nods. ‘i c.’
‘&?’
now she shrugs. ‘i guess u will have to apply urself & try to become an astronaut.’
yes. yes, i suppose that makes sense. we are not astronauts. we are people who happen to have been born in space.

BLURB: Fifteen-year-old Leo has never set foot on Earth. born and raised with twins Orion and Libra on the Moon 2 Space Station, Leo has grown up in the most extraordinary way. The time has now come for the trio to make their first flight home to Earth, but they cannot imagine the terrible consequences that their return will set in motion.

I treated myself to this paperback copy with my birthday, attracted by the cool cover. I rather like the near-future take on our spelling and punctuation – I can certainly already see signs of some of these changes already and it’s surprising how quickly I adjusted to the altered text. It was no doubt helped by the gripping story, which now has me desperate to find out what happens next…

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14 responses »

    • It took a few pages to get into the story and ignore the odd punctuation and the texting abbreviations – but after that, it didn’t give me any more problems. There is a significant slice of reviewers on Goodreads who couldn’t get through it because of the format, though.

  1. My student, Sarah, still “attached” after being in my class last semester at the university, has recently bought this book and is enjoying reading it. I’ll tell her to read your review.

    • Thank you, Rae. I’ll be interested in discovering whether she finds the text-speak a problem – I’m guessing if she’s enjoying it that she has managed to screen it out.

  2. The altered text looks kind of cool and reminds me a lot of what we see in texts and on social media. The story sounds really intense too so I look forward to seeing what your final thoughts on it are.

    • I’d be interested in what you think of the format, Sassy. As for the story, this is one I’m going to remember for a while, although there is a slightly disappointing lapse into Hollywood silliness near the end.

  3. WOW. I admire you for wanting to read this, and it does sound good, but….. to be quite honest, I don’t think I could handle reading a book written in textspeak. I don’t even use that when I write text messages on my cell phone. I write everything out, use commas, capitalization, etc. I guess it’s because I teach ESL (English as a Second Language), also known as ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for a living. LOL. It just drives me CRAZY to see anything written with incorrect spelling, grammar, no caps, and on and on! I realize that it does save time when writing text messages but still. 🙂 🙂

    So I hope that you enjoy this book, but I’ll pass on it!

    Thanks for sharing!! And welcome to November!! HUGS!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you, Maria – and have a lovely November, too:)). Though I’d rather it was June or even July…

      As for the book, yes – the manner in which it’s been written certainly has caused a stir. I completely understand your viewpoint and for what it’s worth, I can’t bring myself to use textspeak either. But I really wanted to read this one, and decided that if by the quarter-mark it was still graunching, I’d abandon it. In the event, it was fine. The one that bugged me all the way through was the small i…:)

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